Neighbors stand outside a temporary resting place for the dead near Volcan de Fuego or Volcano of Fire in Alotenango, Guatemala, Sunday, June 3, 2018. Authorities said they feared the death toll could rise in the coming hours and days.
Authorities urged residents living near the volcano to evacuate immediately, and warned some in Chimaltenango, Sacatepequez and Escuintla states to watch out for volcanic rocks and ash.
It was the 3,763-metre volcano's second eruption this year.
Disaster agency spokesman David de Leon says about 300 people have been evacuated from nearby villages, which are being blanketed by ash as fiery smoke billows almost four miles into the sky. And the Institute of seismology and Volcanology of the country said that the streams running down the mountain lava has reached the temperature of about 1300 degrees Fahrenheit (700 degrees Celsius).
Four people, including an officer of the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred), died in a house while trying to evacuate, while the other three died of severe burns in the Las Lajas ravine.
"Video images published by Sacatepezuez television showed a charred landscape where a lava flow came into contact with homes".
At least six people were dead after Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted Sunday, authorities said. Some media reported dozens missing.
"Not everyone was able to get out".
"Not everyone escaped, I think they were buried", Consuelo Hernandez told local news outlet Diario de Centroamerica in a video.
Emergency response teams from the Guatemala Red Cross are giving medical and psychosocial support to survivors, and ambulances from three Red Cross branches have been deployed to take wounded people to hospitals in the capital.
"This time we were saved; in another (eruption) no", said Efrain Gonzalez, 52, sitting on the floor of a shelter in the city of Escuintla, where he arrived with his wife and one-year-old daughter after fleeing the hard-hit El Rodeo community.
Firefighters said they had seen some people who were trapped, but roads were cut by pyroclastic flows and they had been unable to reach them.
Fuego is one of Central America's most active volcanos.
Volcanic ash had spread in a 12-mile radius and winds could carry the cloud even farther, officials said. neighborhoods were covered with ash.
The civil aviation authority of Guatemala announced a temporary closure of operations at Guatemala City's worldwide airport due to the presence of volcanic ash.
Israel is sending emergency aid money to Guatemala after a devastating volcanic eruption that killed at least 25, injured hundreds, and left cities in the region covered in ash.